gray birch

  1. a small, bushy birch, Betula populifolia, of stony or sandy areas of the eastern U.S., having grayish-white bark and triangular leaves.

Origin of gray birch

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55

Words Nearby gray birch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gray birch in a sentence

  • The black or sweet birch (Betula lenta) has a bark similar to the gray birch, except that its color is dark gray.

    Studies of Trees | Jacob Joshua Levison
  • Comparisons: The paper birch (Betula papyrifera) is apt to be confused with the gray birch, because both have a white bark.

    Studies of Trees | Jacob Joshua Levison
  • Soil and location: The gray birch does best in a deep, rich soil, but will also grow in poor soils.

    Studies of Trees | Jacob Joshua Levison
  • Here about Mullein Hill, this is sure to be a gray-birch home.

    Winter | Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Besides the box elder and crab-apple seeds, the birds have eaten wild-cherry pits, poison-ivy berries, and gray-birch seeds.